Medicom Toy - New Now: The Katayama Collection New York Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Medicom Toy
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat. no. 378, p. 163 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Famously featured in Stanley Kubrick’s film A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Rocking Machine is a Medicom Toy, Tokyo reproduction of the original edition of six designed by Herman Makkink in 1969. Makkink described this comic kinetic piece: “Pop Art was in full swing and so was the sexual revolution, so I combined a penis with a beautifully shaped female rear in fibre glass. I thought this would be really shocking. I thought I could make the object move by constructing a heavy pendulum swing inside. To my surprise I found that it made an irregular movement, so I exaggerated that by adding extra weights in various places. That resulted in Rocking Machine's specific, jerky motion" (Herman Makkink, © 2000 Drencrom V.O.F.).


Two works: (i) The Rocking Machine (Black Version); (ii) The Rocking Machine (White Version)

(i-ii) 31 x 17 x 12 1/2 in. (78.7 x 43.2 x 31.8 cm.)
Executed in 2007, this work is from an edition of 50.

$1,000 - 2,000 

Sold for $10,625

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New Now: The Katayama Collection

New York Auction 19 September 2017